Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Keeping your stainless steel sparkling and streak free can be a challenge. This guide is about cleaning stainless steel appliances.
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September 6, 2012 Flag
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Use Windex and coffee filters. The fibers in the coffee filters help get handprints and other things off stainless steel much better than a paper towel and dries clean without leaving smudges.

By Debbie N from Tacoma, WA

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November 19, 20130 found this helpful

This is the stainless answer. Forget all other oils, cleaners etc. Get Barkeepers Cleanser. Very cheap a powder in low tech can. First clean off all the goo grease wax with the Barkeepers. Rinse with a good rag. Forget the directions at this point. Then make a little light paste and go down front. Not toothpaste...like light lotion... Don't be afraid to use a little elbow grease for some areas. The oxidized stuff should show on rag as blackish. Damp rinse again.

Finally with clean rag dry off. You can experiment the streaks are chemical changes in the surface. Don't put the stuff on and wait an hour do the job all at once. I had so much build up of stainless cleaner I had to do a couple times. Now I just take a damp cloth and touch top of can and buff off the smudge. My grand kids love to leave hand prints.

Oil yuch! is very bad idea for any surface in kitchen. Cleaners have wax not much better. Professional kitchens use Barkeepers. Also good for pans, cook top etc. Like I said, cheap get at Ace or Home Depot Gold can metal top so keep bottom like old cleanser can on dish or paper towel.

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October 24, 20160 found this helpful

November 1, 2015 Flag
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Mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp baking soda, and 1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide. Add 4-6 cups hot water. Use a clean cloth. Dip cloth in solution and wring out, leaving cloth a little sloppy. Wipe down stainless steel with cloth. Allow to sit a minute. Wipe down with a dry cloth. Then wipe with a microfiber cloth. Very shiny! This solution also works to mop linoleum and tile floors and to clean the bathroom!

November 3, 20150 found this helpful
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If this mixture works for you, I say great. I doubt it would work for most people. First, the vinegar and soda would neutralize each other, making them ineffective as cleaning agents. You might as well leave them out. Second,  cup hydrogen peroxide diluted in 4-6 cups water would have very little, if any, cleaning action. Couple that with the fact that H2O2 is very unstable in heat, the hot water would further reduce any cleaning action it may have had. So you can leave it out, too.

That leaves you with hot water. You could add vinegar. It is a good cleaning agent. Or, you could add soda, it too is a good cleaning agent. My favorite is clear, non sudsing household ammonia. The best, cheapest grease cutter on the planet. Yes, it has a strong scent. Use common sense and use it with adequate ventilation.

The water on the cleaned surface will evaporate. Ammonia is a gas. Any residue will evaporate into the air. That leaves your surface with no residue at all. Nothing to rinse.

You could mix ammonia and peroxide in warm water. Each will increase the effectiveness of the other. This is the base for bleaching hair. Be sure to use this mixture only on surfaces unaffected by its bleaching action.

Bathroom floors? Where pathogens can be an issue, I use straight 10 volume peroxide. I squirt it from a bottle, spread across the floor, leave it for an hour or so, then mop up and rinse.

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April 23, 20160 found this helpful

November 15, 2016 Flag

Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with half baby oil and half food-grade mineral oil. Spray on a cloth and apply in circular motion. Take another cloth and buff. This leaves a beautiful shine and lasts a while. It is much cheaper than any store-bought brand.

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May 5, 2009 Flag
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For 3 years I have been struggling to keep my stainless steel appliances clean. They always have drip marks and finger prints on them. Finally, I found the perfect solution and it is something almost everyone has in their home.

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March 14, 2016 Flag
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The best way to clean stainless steel refrigerator doors and silver jewelry is toothpaste! Any brand will do, but it has to be the white paste. Use just a little, then wipe clean with Windex.

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June 10, 2009 Flag
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After cleaning your stainless steel, smear on some baby oil with a dry cloth. The stains will be easier to remove in future.

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January 17, 2016 Flag
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I never removed the blue film from the front of my new stainless steel dishwasher. I was trying to keep it clean! I started to remove it today and it has glued itself to the stainless steel. I am very slowly pulling little pieces away, but this might take weeks.
Has this happened to anyone else? How might you proceed to remove the blue film without scratching or ruining the stainless front panel? Advice welcome.

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June 3, 20160 found this helpful

Hair dryer!!!

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May 11, 2012 Flag
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An easy way to clean and polish stainless steel appliances is with vegetable oil and a rag. Dampen the rag with some vegetable oil, wipe down the appliance and it will shine like new.

Polishing stainless steel with vegetable oil.

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April 21, 2009 Flag
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To clean smudge marks off stainless steel appliances, make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub over the spots. Then wipe the appliance down with plain water, and dry.

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March 18, 2005 Flag
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Instead of spending money on high priced cleaners, to clean stainless steel appliances. Use plan old alcohol.

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March 26, 2015 Flag
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We recently had a house fire and my stainless steel back splash and vent-a-hood have a dull, film on them. The cleaning people used industrial cleaner and stainless steel cleaner and it's still dull with no shine. I have recleaned both myself to no avail. Any suggestions on how to get this cleaned would be appreciated. Thanks.

By Jules J

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March 28, 20150 found this helpful

I clean my stainless steel with isopropil alcohol and it works great!

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July 26, 20160 found this helpful

July 12, 2011 Flag
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I am wanting to find a way to clean the top and outside of my stainless steel gas stove. I have tried soapy water like the instructions say or just a wet wash cloth, but it always leaves water spots or smudges. Please help me. Thanks.

By Alecia

July 14, 20110 found this helpful

The resturants I worked at used oil. Very little on a rag or towel will shine it up perfectly and cleans it at the same time.

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March 10, 2013 Flag
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Can anyone help on how to clean fingerprints off of a stainless steal appliance?

By Janet K.

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March 11, 20130 found this helpful

Put some vegetable oil on a paper towel and wipe it down. It will gleam.

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March 5, 20160 found this helpful

February 18, 2013 Flag
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We have a smallish kitchen and stainless appliances. I've found my best solution is to use Awesome (at most dollar stores). I spray it, one door at a time, and use old towels or t-shirts to get some scrubbing ability.

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December 6, 2013 Flag
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What is the best way to clean around burners on a stainless gas range?

By Carol

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March 26, 20140 found this helpful

You can use vinegar solution for it. Just take normal hot water and mix 1/4 vinegar solution in it than pour it on dirt place and wipe with soft cloth.

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